Post-doctoral Scholars and Graduate Students

Mina Mozafari

B.S. Chemistry, Azad University, North Tehran Branch, Iran, 2004

M.S. Physical Chemistry, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, 2008

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 2017

Fun Fact: Mina joined us for a PostDoc, after learning five different martial arts and earning a black belt in martial arts. She has since then adopted the nickname ‘Mina the Ninja’.

Jose Uribe

Physical Chemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Chemistry, Cal State San Bernardino, 2018

Fun Fact: He is a light sleeper, but probably not the way you’d think. Most nights he sleeps with his eyes open so any stray light will wake him up. He says, it’s not as bad as it sounds though because at least he doesn’t have to worry about loud neighbors.

Megan Rocha

Chemical Biology Graduate Student

B.A. Chemistry, Whitman College, 2017

Fun Fact: Megan has a recurring dream about burrito babies, so now she insists on naming each one of the burritos she orders. Some of her favorites are Vegeta (vegetarian), Hamilton (carnitas), and Keegan (vegan).

Marquise Crosby

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wright State University, 2019

Fun Fact: His League of Legends screen name is Cardi B. He has an app that generates sound bites of her and uses only that to communicate with teammates during the game…OKURRR?!

Gemma Takahashi

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Geobiology, California Institute of Technology, 2019

Fun Fact: Gemma insists that the only way to cut a grilled cheese, is along the cheese.

Also pictured: Prince, the fridge formerly known as 380 to 435 nanometers.

Zane Long

Chemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Chemistry, UCI, 2018

Fun Fact: Zane prides himself on unique experiences and loves sharing that he drank the famous sourtoe cocktail (shot of whiskey garnished with a mummified human toe) while visiting Dawson City, Canada on vacation.

Amanda Abiad

Chemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Biochemistry, Cal State Fullerton, 2019

Fun Fact: Amanda is a semi-professional cosplayer who won awards for dressing as Nyalathotep at a local event!

Collin Sroge

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Student

B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Purdue, 2019

Fun Fact: Collin is an avid sports watcher, especially Artistic Swimming (formerly synchronized swimming). He perfectly predicted the point spread of the top five teams in the 2021 olympics!

Matthew Jimenez

Chemistry Graduate Student

B.S.Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UC San Diego, 2021

Fun Fact: Matthew takes fitness to the next level! To prepare for his marathon, he ran backwards up the Bridge to Nowhere trail on Mt. Baldy (9.9 miles) to improve his hamstring strength.

Yeonseong (Catherine) Seo

Jaewon Suk

Chemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Biochemistry, UC Santa Barbara, 2020

Fun Fact: Jaewon is the master of dice. He always has them ready to wow you with a trick! His favorites are The Three Dice Guessing Trick, Diceman, and Dice Stacking.

Undergraduate Researchers

Jonathan Le

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2024)

Kaylee Grace Chiou

Major: Chemistry (2024)

Ellen Xu

Major: Chemistry (2024)

Paaras Shah

Major: Chemistry (2026)

Paul Chau

Major: Chemistry (2025)

Honorary Pet Members


Rescue from Newport Beach Animal Shelter. Loves people, food, and running. Thankful neither of his parents work with lasers…he doesn’t trust them. Follows the central dogema. Ironically hates water. @pugneptune


Is betta testing the lab to see if it will tank. So far he feels that being in school is going swimmingly, even though he sometimes flakes. Sincerely loves water, some might even say it breathes life into him.